New room at the ‘Link’

A community resource in Morpeth’s Stobhill has been boosted by the addition of the new room suitable for meetings, training courses and other services that are provided at the local Link iLearn centre.
Stobhill Community Link iLearn Centre offers a comprehensive range of support and other services for local people at its base at 37 Shields Road in Stobhill.
Job search, CV preparation, interview preparation and other training and guidance to help people with their employability are all available there.
Local residents can also sign up to learn computer skills, while other initiatives coordinated from the venue include a gardening and handyman service for those unable to cope with some home tasks; a free paint service; Stobhill Community Allotment; and Stobhill Growing for Green.
Local county councillor Ian Lindley helped to establish the community link in Stobhill back in 2008, and has continued to find public and private sector support and funding.  He has also allocated amounts from his members local improvement schemes budget for aspects of the work there - the most recent being £5,700 towards the room extension.
Cllr Lindley says: “The services here at community link are fantastic for local community members - and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t been here to call in to see what we do here.
“This new room is going to make a real difference to what the team can provide - offering a meeting space, a training room, and somewhere that people can have interviews or even confidential chats.
“I have been very pleased to allocate some of my local improvements schemes budget to developing the space, and have also been helping to get free materials to complete it - and giving the team a hand to do things like laying the floor tiles.
“I look forward to seeing it well used.”
Brooke Burgess, manager of the Community Link iLearn Centre added: “This new space is going to make a huge difference to the services we can offer here - and I urge local people to drop in and see it.
“I would like to thank everyone who have been involved in the project, and who have donated items and given their time to complete the room.
“At the iLearn centre we welcome volunteers who can help with all aspects of the services provided from here.  Anyone who has experience or skills that they think they could use to support local community members is encouraged to get in touch with us.”
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